Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder – Imaginative Worlds Made Visible Through Art
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder at National Gallery Singapore spreads the message of art as a way to discover and explore new worlds.
This second edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale features 11 artworks by 13 Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists. It is a hands-on exhibition that invites children and adults alike to embrace the wonder of the world around us.
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder Highlights
Big Hug is a multi-room installation featuring intricate ceramic pieces. The work of Delia and Milenko Prvacki, spin and explore this high-touch installation. Let your imagination run in this work filled with colour as well as positive and negative spaces. Each space explores a different facet of the concept of embrace. The exhibit has a variety of interactive activities that encourage visitors to touch and actively engage with it, facilitating discovery, play and imagination.
The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain
Created by husband and wife team Hazel Lim-Schlegel and Andreas Schlegel with the help of their young daughter Hannah, The Oort Cloud and Blue Mountain is a 3D motion-activated wall-relief artwork complete with LED lights, sounds, handmade objects and sensors. A re-imagined playground, visitors to Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 can embark on a sensory adventure while interacting and engaging with this exhibit which has been crafted with an amalgam of different materials ranging from fluffy pom-pom balls to shiny acrylic beads.
Memories of Fireflies
Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho’s Kenangan Kunang-Kunang (Memories of Fireflies) is an art installation that consists of six giant Damar Kurung or traditional Indonesian lanterns. Vividly coloured and illustrated with scenes from everyday Javanese life, these lanterns illustrate key values such as respect, equality, collaboration, love and care.
The Other Wall
In The Other Wall, visitors enter an alternate world catching a rare glimpse of a typical Burmese childhood. Carefully and thoughtfully constructed by Burmese artists Nge Lay and Aung Ko, step inside two traditional Burmese houses. These houses and the surrounding plants are painted in gold, a culturally significant precious metal in Burmese culture that symbolises knowledge and enlightenment.
Dayung Sampan – Be Your Own Captain On Deck
Located at the Keppel Centre of Art Education – recipient of 2018 Children in Museums Award, Dayung Sampan consists of various sculptures such as large propellers, a giant sampan and an enormous birdcage for visitors to play with and explore. This space also contains large triangular beanbags that are reminiscent of the type used to play five stones, a traditional Singaporean game.
Play by the River
Inspired by the 1974 painting by Liu Kang Life by the River, this installation at the City Hall Foyer lets you step into the “painting” and experience what it is like to be surrounded by ducks or engage in the traditional game of five stones. Go ahead and “Play by the River”.
These are just a sample of the fun and interactive installations that can be found at Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019. Be sure to make your way around to all 11 installations and exhibits to get the full experience.
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 September Programmes
Super Sonic Walk
Sat–Sun 7–8, 14–15 Sep | 1–1.30pm, 4–4.30pm | Meeting point at Coleman Street Information Counter
Learn more about Song-Ming Ang’s Chance Operations and hear sounds in a new way!
Workshop: Recycling with Eric Wong
Sat–Sun 7–8 Sep | 11am–12pm | City Hall Wing, Level 1, outside the Keppel Centre for Art Education
Recycle with Eric Wong, the illustrator for Karung Guni Boy! Glean tips and tricks on repurposing discarded materials and giving them a second life.
Family Art Workshop: Recreate a Painting in Diorama
Sat 14 Sep | 1.30–3pm | City Hall Wing, Level 1, Keppel Centre for Art Education | Ages 7 and above | $20 per adult-child pair or $30 per adult-child trio |Tickets available through SISTIC
Learn all about foregrounds, middle grounds and backgrounds in compositions and discover how artists use perspective through Liu Kang’s painting Life by the River and the installation Play by the River. Then, recreate your own diorama of the painting under the guidance of an experienced Gallery facilitator.
Workshop with Delia and Milenko Prvacki
Sun 15 Sep | 11am–12pm | City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery
Create special memories together with our artists as we bid farewell to the beloved BIG HUG installation.
Embracing Animal Pop by Jecko Siompo
Sat–Sun 7–8 Sep | 3pm | Padang Atrium and various locations
This mobile participatory performance between parent-child pairs unfolds across the Gallery in spectacular style. The performance will showcase “animal pop”, a fusion of urban pop and hip-hop with traditional animal-inspired dance techniques. Visit our website to register as a performer for Embracing Animal Pop!
Poetry Reading by Bukit Batok Secondary School and Friends
Sat 14 Sep | 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | Padang Atrium
Don’t miss these budding poets present their spoken word performances which include responses to the works in the Biennale.
Stories that Glow in the Dark: Storytelling with Kamini Ramachandran *SOLD OUT
Sat 14 Sep | 3pm | Supreme Court Wing, Level B1, Koh Seow Chuan Concourse Gallery | Art Pack given to registrants
Step into Eko Nugroho’s wondrous installation and listen to master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran’s folktales. Create your own damar kurung lantern as a take-home memento.
Dragon Tales: Storytelling with Kamini Ramachandran *SOLD OUT
15 Sep | 3pm | City Hall Wing, Level B1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery | Art Pack given to registrants
Listen to master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran bring to life legends of ancient dragons, inspired by Milenko Prvacki’s scroll paintings in BIG HUG.
Karung Guni Boy: Storytelling with Lorraine Tan
Sat–Sun 14–15 Sep | 2.30–3pm, 3.30–4pm | City Hall Wing, Level 1, outside the Keppel Centre for Art Education | Ages 3 to 6
Don’t miss this exclusive storytelling session for your tiny toddlers! Join Lorraine Tan, author of Karung Guni Boy, and be inspired by resourceful Ming and his ideas!
“Art is a Place for Children to Learn About Themselves”
“The Gallery strongly believes that art plays a huge role in the development of our future
generations. Art is a place for children to learn about themselves, trust their ideas, and explore what is possible, all of which are important in enabling children to become confident, independent thinkers. Hence, we are always looking at innovative ways to engage with young learners to nurture an early interest in art by showcasing how it can be fun, inspirational and educational. Through the Gallery Children’s Biennale, we hope to create a platform where younger visitors together with their parents, can come together and be inspired by what art has to offer,” said Ms Suenne Megan Tan, Director, Audience Development & Engagement, National Gallery Singapore.
Find out more about Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 here.